Indianapolis, IN: Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today joined Verizon Wireless representatives in presenting a $5,000 check from Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV).
Indiana government agencies collected 540 used wireless phones and accessories and donated them to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program. Drop boxes provided by Verizon Wireless were placed in state agencies across Indiana. The $5,000 donation was made by Verizon Wireless in appreciation for the participation of Indiana state employees in this special HopeLine drive.
"Verizon Wireless and ICADV are serving Hoosiers and promoting a cause we can all stand up for," said Lt. Gov. Skillman. "By combining our resources and working together we can get more victims the help they need."
HopeLine accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any manufacturer or service provider, then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit survivors of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools through wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants.
"This donation is particularly gratifying to give because it exemplifies the immense importance of having strong community partners to our HopeLine program, like the Lt. Governor and her office," said Patrick Lewis, District Manager of Verizon Wireless Indiana. "Their commitment to collect old wireless equipment across the many departments of the state government has been instrumental in our ability to help domestic violence organizations and the families they assist-as clearly demonstrated here today."
ICADV is a not-for-profit organization committed to eliminating domestic violence by providing public awareness and education as well as a range of services to the victims of domestic abuse. All 42 domestic violence programs in Indiana benefit from their services.
"ICADV is very grateful to be the recipient of these funds. This financial resource will benefit many victims of domestic violence statewide. We're so pleased to partner with the Lt. Governor's Office and Verizon Wireless on such a worthwhile project," said Laura Berry Berman, Executive Director of ICADV.
Also during the 10:00 a.m. press conference, Lewis awarded Lt. Gov. Skillman the HopeLine Hero Award for her participation in and support of the program.
"State employees should take pride in knowing that their donation will make a difference in victim's lives," said Lt. Gov. Skillman.
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